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Saturday 21 July 2018

Lithuanian president considering expulsion of Russian diplomats

Dalia Grybauskaite said she was mulling over her response to the Salisbury poisonings.

Prime Minister Theresa May with the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite in Valletta, Malta (Stefan Rousseau/AP)
Prime Minister Theresa May with the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite in Valletta, Malta (Stefan Rousseau/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Lithuania’s president has said she is considering whether to expel Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in Britain on March 4.

The UK has expelled 23 diplomats over the poisoning attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Salisbury.

It blames Moscow for the military grade nerve-agent attack which has left both Sergei and Yulia Skripal in critical condition.

Asked whether Lithuania would take similar action, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said: “We are considering such measures.”

At a European Union summit Thursday in Brussels, Ms Grybauskaite also offered her full support to British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Former Soviet state Lithuania shares a border with Russia’s western Kaliningrad exclave.

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